The book title that caught my eye, and inspired this reflection on writing, is Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. Although the edition I have is the 75th Anniversary Edition, I just bought it and read it for the first time this summer while I was in Walton-on-Thames, England. It says a lot for a book when it is still in print so many years after being published. I wonder how…

Because  the observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (one of my earliest heroes) is this weekend, I wanted to choose a book for this Perfect Picture Book Friday that would honor that, while still featuring some connection to the arts, which is the broader theme of my work and my blog. Since so many musicians (and writers, actors, and others involved in the arts) were a…

Hanging On… and Letting Go

January 12, 2012

The book title that inspired today’s post in my ongoing miniseries is Something to Hang On To, by Beverley Brenna (whose name has come up a couple of times on my blog this week!) The book is a collection of Young Adult short stories, on a variety of topics, some serious, including one heart-wrenching story that opens the book, Dragon Tamer, about the death of a boy’s father; some taking…

And the nominees are…

January 11, 2012

I’m doing a second Wednesday Worthies post today, because this is my blog, and I get to make the rules about posting. My friend Brian Sibley, journalist, author, broadcaster, raconteur, et cetera, et cetera and so forth, adapted Mervyn Peake’s novels about Titus Groan for BBC Radio, and the series was broadcast last year. It has received three nominations in the BBC Audio Awards, which will be presented January 29th,…

Occasionally for my Wednesday Worthies post, I will be doing shout-outs for blogs that I’d like to call attention to for one reason or another. I want to say right up front that no one should feel slighted if I don’t mention your blog – there are so many wonderful blogs, and I’ve come to know so many great people through blogging, that I can’t possibly highlight all of them.…

Giggles Galore

January 10, 2012

One of the chief objections a young reader had to the first version of my middle grade manuscript was that it wasn’t funny. She said she likes funny books. In the comments about genre-identity yesterday, Erik (about the same age as the reader mentioned above) said that he liked writing funny stuff. There’s a message there, and it’s the message I got from the title that suggested today’s post (a…

Some writers are immediately and exclusively identifiable with one genre. You can’t imagine that author writing anything else. Agatha Christie writing a picture book? Mo Willems writing suspense? For those of us, like me, who are just starting out in our writing careers, our genre-identity is perhaps more fluid, not yet obvious. Or perhaps, like me, there is a desire to write in more than one genre.